HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Coronavirus Diaries Day 173: ‘Taps’ for Cadet Bone Spurs

Coronavirus Diaries Day 173: ‘Taps’ for Cadet Bone Spurs

Trump said it. Everyone knows it. Some supporters will never admit it. Hardcore Cult 45 members don't care. Honest observers and legions of veterans and active-duty servicepeople know a coward when they see and hear one, even secondhand. Scores of them -- including...

The safe bet

The safe bet

The decision by Dunmore-based First National Community Bank (FNCB) to channel a $50 million pandemic-related, taxpayer-backed loan to Mount Airy Casino and Lodge -- both of which involve members of the DeNaples family -- has raised more than a few eyebrows.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 168: Voting inside the box

Coronavirus Diaries Day 168: Voting inside the box

The majority Democratic Lackawanna County Commissioners voted Wednesday to make casting a ballot in the Nov. 3 presidential election easier and safer during a global infectious disease pandemic.  The minority Republican commissioner voted for Donald Trump. ...

Electoral College cheerleader

Electoral College cheerleader

There's little chance of Trump winning Oregon, Washington or especially California this November. This likely explains why he seems more concerned with the swing-state-rich Big 10's plan to postpone its football season until next spring than with the PAC 12's similar...

Apologies to C.W. McCall …

Apologies to C.W. McCall …

Plans are underway to ship vast quantities of liquefied natural gas from a facility under construction in rural Bradford County to Gibbstown, NJ. While the majority of the plant's LNG would be shipped by rail, truck transportation also is in play. A PennDOT study...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 166: Trump: Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

Coronavirus Diaries Day 166: Trump: Conspiracy Theorist in Chief

Divining the depths of the swamp of neuroses swirling in Donald Trump's diseased mind is a DIY obsession for psychiatric professionals and observant amateurs who know crazy when they see and hear it. The latest hard evidence that the president is not "all there" aired...

Party monsters

Party monsters

Colleges are trying to restart classes during the pandemic. The natural tendency of kids to be stupid isn't helping.

Partisanship is a h*ll of a drug

Partisanship is a h*ll of a drug

Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and use the tax revenue to offset the state's COVID-19 recovery costs is being met with the usual partisan sniping in the GOP-controlled legislature. Taking a page from the Trump playbook,...

All hail Donald

All hail Donald

With its decision to skip drafting a party platform and essentially re-enforce fealty to the incumbent, the GOP is now officially the Party of Donald.

Math test

Math test

Many school districts are heading into the academic year virtually, delivering lessons online but lacking sufficient numbers of Chromebook laptop computers for distribution to students. The problem is particularly acute for the Scranton School District.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 161: Killing in the name of…

Coronavirus Diaries Day 161: Killing in the name of…

A 17-year-old "militiaman" from smalltown Illinois murdered two Americans and gravely wounded another on Tuesday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kyle Rittenhouse took two lives and threw his own life away in the name of "protecting property" from "evil thugs."  He was...

Pennsylvania presidential polls tightening

President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania by only 44,292 votes (.73 percentage points) in 2016. If he wins the state again Nov. 3, he will probably beat Joe Biden only narrowly. Actually, the same goes for Biden. It sure looks like the race will wind...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 160: Team Trump cancels ‘Angel Mom’

Coronavirus Diaries Day 160: Team Trump cancels ‘Angel Mom’

Hours before she was scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, an "Angel Mom" shared a crackpot tweet and got canceled by the Trump campaign.  Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Brandon -- a Mesa, Arizona police officer killed in 2014 by an undocumented...